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October 17, 2017
ENERGY TECH
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks



Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A key hurdle for fusion researchers is understanding turbulence, the ripples and eddies that can cause the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions to leak heat and particles and keep fusion from taking place. Comprehending and reducing turbulence will facilitate the development of fusion as a safe, clean and abundant source of energy for generating electricity from power plants around the world. At the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), scientists hav ... read more

BIO FUEL
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water ... more
TECH SPACE
Understanding rare earth emulsions
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Despite their name, rare earth elements actually aren't that rare. Abundant in mines around the world, rare earths are used in many high-tech products, including visual displays, batteries, super co ... more
ENERGY TECH
'Air-breathing' battery could cut costs of renewable energy storage
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for renewable energy. But intermittency issues keep them from connecting widely to the U.S. grid: They require energy-storage systems that, at t ... more
BIO FUEL
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Biofuels obtained from biomass are becoming increasingly important. Apart from biomethane, however, they cannot be produced efficiently, cheaply and sustainably since the current technological compl ... more
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SOLAR DAILY
Sandia scientists find the optimal way to mop up surplus solar flux on CSP towers
Almeria, Spain (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Excess solar flux could be harnessed and used to generate additional electricity at a tower CSP plant, by cladding part of the tower containing the receiver with photovoltaic (PV) panels, according ... more
ENERGY TECH
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Scientists have long searched for the next generation of materials that can catalyze a revolution in renewable energy harvesting and storage. One candidate appears to be metal-organic frameworks. Sc ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Facebook beefs up food delivery options from its app
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Facebook on Friday announced a new feature to make it easier for users to order meals from nearby restaurants and service providers without leaving the social network. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A robot masseuse named Emma is offering Singaporeans high-tech back rubs with a gigantic metal arm and warm silicone tips which its creators say perfectly mimic the human touch. ... more
AEROSPACE
Peraton to help sustain DHS, TSA screening equipment
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Peraton is to provide integrated logistics and support services to help sustain security screening equipment at U.S. airports and TSA component facilities. ... more
TRADE WARS
S. Korea, China renew $56 bn currency swap deal despite diplomatic tensions
Seoul (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
South Korea and China have renewed a $56 billion currency swap deal, Seoul said Friday, despite tensions over the controversial deployment of a US anti-missile system in the South. ... more


China's imports from North Korea fall as trade with world surges

TRADE WARS
US inflation jumps in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Soaring fuel prices drove US inflation to an eight-month high in September, with the cost of gasoline hitting an eight-year record, the Labor Department reported Thursday. ... more
TRADE WARS
US moves closer to EU position on taxing tech giants
Washington (AFP) Oct 14, 2017
Washington is softening its position on European plans to impose taxes on US tech giants such as Apple and Google, officials said this week. ... more
TRADE WARS
Energy-hungry China takes step to buffer against economic shocks
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
The central bank in energy-hungry China injected funds into the economy Friday in an effort to offset risk and protect against bubbles. ... more
OIL AND GAS
More drilling expected in the North Sea; No disruptions from Ophelia
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
The Norwegian government said Monday it signed off on new plans for oil drilling and exploration work in the national waters of the North Sea. ... more



'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Kostiantyn Kravchyk works in the group of Maksym Kovalenko. This research group is based at both ETH Zurich and in Empa's Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics. The two researchers' ambitious goal at the Empa branch is to make a battery out of the most common elements in the Earth's crust - such as magnesium or aluminum. These metals offer a high degree of safety, even if the anode i ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
'Air-breathing' battery could cut costs of renewable energy storage
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
There is considerable opportunity for generating wind power in the open ocean, particularly the North Atlantic, according to new research from Carnegie's Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira. Their work is published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
Miami (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Wind farms in Atlantic could power the world: study
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Futuristic solar-powered Dutch family car hailed 'the future'
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as "the future" Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up. The innovative bi-annual contest, first run in 1987, began in Darwin a week ago with 41 vehicles setting off on a 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) trip through the heart of Australia to Adelaide. Dutch car "Nuna 9" w ... more
Ituxi Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Total moves deeper into solar energy market
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack. The anti-nuclear group, known for its daring and often spectacular publicity stunts, said the fireworks were set off at the foot of a spent fuel pool - where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are remove ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. "The electroche ... more
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
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Geopolitical risk adds big premium to oil prices Monday
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Geopolitical issues and concerns added a considerable risk premium to the price of oil on Monday as fighting erupted in the north of OPEC-member Iraq. Much of the oil production and distribution centers in Iraq are near the southern port city of Basra, though traders have focused on operations in the north since the Kurdish region held a contentious referendum for independence in late S ... more
Brussels (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
EU launches expert mission to Iraq
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Amid fighting, Kurdish oil payments continue
Caracas (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Maduro claims landslide win in disputed Venezuela elections
Trump environment chief: US to end Obama climate plan
Washington (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that President Donald Trump's administration will move to repeal his predecessor Barack Obama's plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking in Kentucky at a political event attended by coal miners, EPA chief Scott Pruitt said he would Tuesday "be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the pa ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio Tinto will return $2.5 billion to shareholders in a buyback after selling most of its Australian coal assets to China-backed Yancoal, the mining giant said Friday. The world's second-largest miner sold Coal & Allied to Yancoal, majority-controlled by China's Yanzhou Coal, earlier this month in a divestment drive analysts expect will lead to a complete exit from the sector. The buybac ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
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Trudeau warns Trump in Bombardier, Boeing row
Washington (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday warned US President Donald Trump that Canada would not make military buys from Boeing while the United States was targeting Canada's Bombardier with heavy import duties. The US aerospace firm, claiming its competitor received unfair state subsidies, successfully petitioned the Trump administration to impose financial penalties on Bombardier ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
F-35 stealth fighter data stolen in Australia defence hack
Kandahar, Afghanistan (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Afghan air force gets its own Black Hawk choppers
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Tokyo residents win compensation over US military base noise
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, on Thursday proposed a "Tesla tax" aimed at cutting a tax advantage granted to large electric cars in a heavily criticised move. Electric cars, which have hitherto been exempted from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles, accounted for 20 percent of new registrations in the Nordic country since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented mar ... more
Ljubljana (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Slovenia sets tough emissions limits for cars
Paris (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Tesla recalls Model X vehicles for seat fix
New Insights From OCO-2 Showcased in Science
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
High-resolution satellite data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 are revealing the subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth - the ocean, land, atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems and human activities. Scientists using the first 2 1/2 years of OCO-2 data have published a special collection of five papers today in the journal Science that demonstrates the breadth of this research. ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite
New York, NY (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
Quantum communications bend to our needs
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
The potential for photon entanglement in quantum computing and communications has been known for decades. One of the issues impeding its immediate application is the fact that many photon entanglement platforms do not operate within the range used by most forms of telecommunication. An international team of researchers has started to unravel the mysteries of entangled photons, demonstratin ... more
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
India's TCS profits fall amid weak growth in retail, banking
Madison WI (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
A flexible new platform for high-performance electronics
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
New manufacturing process for SiC power devices opens market to more competition
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China raises bullet train speed six years after crash
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
China on Thursday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai line to 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour, six years after a fatal accident led to a speed cap. The speed limit had been reduced to 300 kilometres per hour after 40 people died in a high-speed train crash near Wenzhou in July 2011. The acceleration cuts the 1,318-kilometre (819-mile) Beijing-Shanghai ... more
Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
In the face of climate change can our engineers keep the trains running on time
New York (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Hyperloop startup says superfast rail a reality
Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday. Although data from the Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals some encouraging signs, in large part the result of new technologies, air pollution remains the leading environmental cause of ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted


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